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Stephen Hawking submitted a final scientific paper 2 weeks before he died — and it could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe

  • Hawking, who passed away on Wednesday aged 76, was co-author to a mathematical paper which seeks proof of the "multiverse" theory, which posits the existence of many universes other than our own.
  • According to The Sunday Times newspaper, the paper is due to be published by an unnamed "leading journal" after a review is complete.
  • According to The Sunday Times, the contents of the paper sets out the mathematics necessary for a deep-space probe to collect evidence which might prove that other universes exist.
  • The highly theoretical work posits that evidence of the multiverse should be measurable in background radiation dating to the beginning of time.
  • Hertog, who works at KU Leuven University in Belgium, told the Sunday Times he met with Hawking in person to get final approval before submitting the paper.

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How one VR studio sold 100,000 copies of its $20 game

  • Using that previous knowledge and experience, after two days with the headset, Hand posted a video to YouTube showing the fundamentals of loading a gun and shooting targets in VR.
  • It has never been on sale and never been bundled with headsets, so when Hand tells me they’ve sold more than 95,000 copies of the game through Steam — the math is neat.
  • Instead, the developers focused on constant experimentation in VR and they put that in front of a community drawn in through the Steam page and forum, or Hand’s constant videos on YouTube.
  • This constant show of progress and experimentation combined with obsessive 24/7 responsiveness to feedback — sometimes seeing a request and posting an update answering it hours later — has drawn in a supportive community.

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Microsoft releases two new Windows 10 previews with High Efficiency Image File format

  • Microsoft today released two new Windows 10 previews for PCs. Both builds include support for the High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) format, but they diverge from there.
  • This RS4 build adds support for HEIF, an image container that leverages modern codecs like HEVC to improve quality, compression, and capabilities over earlier formats like JPEG, GIF, and PNG.
  • Then in the Photos app, you’ll need to install dependencies like the HEIF and HEVC media extensions from the Microsoft Store.
  • HEIF will then be supported in the Photos app, for thumbnails and metadata in File Explorer, and in any application that uses WIC, WinRT Imaging APIs, or the XAML Image control.
  • This RS5 build is for Windows Insiders who have chosen the Skip Ahead option, meaning they continue to receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch.
  • In addition to HEIF support, Microsoft has a few more features in this build.

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Wear OS: Google's new name for Android Wear explained

  • Android Wear and the forthcoming Wear OS update now work reasonably well with iOS, but the experience is still more limited than if you have an Android phone, as, for example, notifications can’t be interacted with in as many ways, leaving you unable to respond to WhatsApp messages and the like.
  • There’s also no iMessage support, and while we can’t see that changing, as it would presumably require additional cooperation from Apple, we’d like to see Google work to get the core experience up to the same standards when paired with iOS as it is with Android.
  • For Wear OS, we want every watch that currently has Android Wear 2.0 to get the update (unless there’s a hardware reason it can’t) and for all of them to get it in a timely fashion.

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Tinder’s new chronological Feed of recent match activity is rolling out to all users

  • Tinder’s Feed is now rolling out to users worldwide, the dating app company confirmed late Wednesday with a single-sentence blog update.
  • Feed is a chronological timeline of recent activity from those you’ve matched with; it shows your recent matches, their latest photos, and new Spotify “anthem” choices added to their profiles.
  • Everything is listed in order beginning with the most recent changes to a profile.
  • Users are able to comment on individual items in the feed, giving hopeful swipers an easier way of firing off a first message.
  • Feed is also another way for users to kick off conversations with the long list of matches they’ve failed to chat with for days or even months.
  • It might be a little less awkward to belatedly introduce yourself now that everyone is seeing a scrolling list of recent match activity.

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Windows Defender Application Guard improvements

  • Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) improvements.
  • This build is from the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce (but is expected to ship in April).
  • There is no new build from the RS5 branch today.
  • Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes, but new features, too.
  • Microsoft has released four major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, and Fall Creators Update.
  • The only major changes in this release relate to WDAG.
  • Today’s update bumps the Windows 10 build number for the RS4 branch from 17115 (made available to testers on March 6) to build 17120.

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Apple's next big event starts on June 4 — here are 5 announcements we're expecting

  • At WWDC, we usually hear what Apple has planned for its big yearly software updates for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers.
  • For the most part, we're expecting this year to be about refining current features as opposed to adding new ones, but it wouldn't be an Apple event without a few surprises.
  • Back in April 2017, Apple executives mentioned to tech sites, including TechCrunch, that it was working on a new updated version of its modular Mac Pro desktop computer, which was originally released in 2013.
  • This year, Apple is rumored to update its iPad Pro lineup with an iPhone X-style design with narrower bezels, and even the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera that's used for FaceID and Animoji, according to a report from analyst Jun Zhang of Rosenblatt Securities obtained by Macworld.

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands gets another free patch

  • Ubisoft has a New Assignment for anyone playing Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands in the form of a free update to the online cooperative military shooter.
  • The patch launches tomorrow, and it introduces new classes for the player-versus-player (PVP) mode.
  • The New Assignments update debuts March 14 on PC and consoles.
  • Ghost Recon debuted a year ago, and it has contributed to the 60 million players for the Tom Clancy brand, along with Rainbox Six: Siege and The Division (two other online shooters).
  • The new classes in the upcoming patch are the Trapper, Guerilla, and Stalker.
  • Ubisoft has now delivered on the six promised additional classes it said it would deliver after launch.
  • In addition to the character classes, New Assignment introduces the Refinery and Cliffside maps for Wildlands’ Extraction mode.
  • The patch also brings a refined map-voting tool and a number of other tweaks to the shooter.

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Modeling Redux with TLA+

  • First we’ll implement the reduce-update component of Redux, then we’ll prove it refines a simpler design, and finally we’ll integrate it with other components of our spec.
  • Redux is a way of managing global state by forcing us to go through the reducer.
  • If they both always end up with the same stack, then the two should be equivalent.2 Since Redux is more complicated, we can say it refines the global version.
  • We establish that for the whole spec to be correct, it has to follow how Reducer would init its own values, as well as properly initialize the global stack.
  • This is a pretty powerful invariant: if we check that this temporal property holds, then even if we include the reducer in another spec and that spec updates the state, it still counts as a spec failure!

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Microsoft Windows 10 preview features privacy setup revamp

  • Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with 13 bug fixes and a new privacy screen settings layout.
  • Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes, but new features, too.
  • Not all Windows Insiders will experience the same setup — some will review their settings through a single screen where selections are independent (shown above), while others will receive seven individual screens, each dedicated to a single privacy setting with the recommended Microsoft selection distinguished by a dotted line (shown below).
  • As an aside, the build announcement mentioned that the new privacy setup was coming “this spring,” and the privacy announcement itself mentioned “this spring” three times.

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